- It saves money. Shocker here, right? Generally speaking, meals are $1 or less when we tupperware it or prepare it at home. It's hard to beat that.
- It keeps me at a healthy weight. I gained the freshman five, sophomore seven, junior five, and senior eight while in college. That's 25lbs. Once I graduated and starting cooking for myself instead of eating in a cafeteria all the weight just sort of disappeared naturally and I felt way better than before. I refuse to repeat this experience with business school. Plus, on my last visit to campus I got the definite sense that students are a little bit porkier than prospective students. Not surprising, but I don't want that to be to me.
- I eat healthier when I cook. My home cooked meals have fewer calories than take out or cafeteria fare which keeps my weight under control, but when I cook I also incorporate healthier ingredients. Our meals have more vegetables and whole grains and less cheese, meat, or partially hydrogenated oils than nearly anything you can buy for a reasonable price.
- It gives me important time to connect with my SO. Unfortunately business school is likely going to mean less time spent with my significant other. What little time we will have we will have to make the most of. Cooking accomplishes all of these other goals, we get fed, and it's something we really enjoy doing together.
- Cooking is excellent decompression time. I'm thinking that it's precisely because my schedule will be so full during business school that I should take extra effort to make time for cooking. Cooking relaxes me and allows me to transition from work to home.
- My salary coming out of business school may be higher. People at a healthy weight make more money and I fully expect this to hold true graduating from business school. One would also expect confident, healthy people to perform better in interviews. There have been several studies linking weight gain to lower incomes, job prestige and accumulation of wealth. For example, one found a 1% increase in BMI corresponded with a 0.6% reduction in income and a 0.4% reduction in job prestige. I don't like those trends. That's about $700 per year lost on a newly minted MBA's salary for only a pound of gained weight. If I repeated my undergrad weight gain I'd be losing out on over $10,000 in salary and face an appreciable drop in job prestige. No thank you.
Do you cook at home?